I'm cross-posting here and in minimalist mamas . . .
I am curious if there other families with minimalist values that also homestead? How do you reconcile your minimalism with all the stuff that goes along with storing seeds/garden tools, raising animals for wool/eggs/meat, sewing/spinning/knitting, baking bread from home ground flour, storing tools for home and bike repair, etc?
I am feeling like I want to take a sledge hammer to my kitchen even though I cannot afford to remodel, because there is no really easy place to ferment my sourdough, and water kefir other than on the counter top. I have a very small amount of counter space and it is all underneath upper cupboards and cluttered with fermenting food, a dish rack, and my kitchenaid mixer.
Then there's the barn . . . .
Part of our issue is financial: much less expensive to bake our own bread, brew our own water kefir, repair a leaky pipe ourselves or tune up our bikes (which are a main transportation for self and kids).
Part of our issue is more subjective: eating homemade bread is yummy, and I find great joy in raising wool sheep and processing the wool into knitted garments or felted gifts.
But all these things require the storage of "stuff" . . . or seem to . . . and I am getting overwhelmed!
Any experience/advice to share?